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3 Places To Ring In The Chinese New Year

Here, some of the best options to ring in Chinese New Year

Every year, we join the Chinese community in celebrating the Chinese New Year. Similar to the Filipinos’ festive way of ushering the New Year through parties and countdowns, CNY celebrations are filled with fanfare through lion dances, dragon dances, fireworks and family feasts.

Whether you want to ring in the Chinese New Year with traditional festivities, a great meal with your loved ones or participate in a fun run, we’ve got you covered.

Here, the top places and events to participate and ring in the Chinese New Year.

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The district of Binondo, AKA Manila’s Chinatown, is home to many Chinese-Filipino individuals, families and businesses, so it’s always been the center of all Chinese New Year celebrations for as long as we can remember.

When the Lunar New Year strikes, Binondo becomes a venue for street parties, gathering both Chinese and Filipino revelers (most dressed in red to attract luck). With the parade of dragons and lions in sight, spectators flock to Ongpin street and other side roads.

You might just find everything you need to shop for in order to properly usher in the new year—from Chinese food and snacks, to lucky charms, jewelry and other gift items.

Grand Hyatt Manila

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A Chinese New Year feast awaits you, your family and your friends with a reseravation at No. 8 China House, which is Grand Hyatt Manila’s fine dining restaurant. Master Chef Carson Luo leads the hotel’s kitchen crew in preparing your meals from scratch, right before your very eyes.

As superstitious as the Chinese are known to be, the chef makes sure they serve dishes that invite strong family ties, prosperity and good health in the Year of the Pig. The 2019 Chinese New Year event kicked off on February 1 and lasts until February 15. Dining time slots are from 12NN to 3PM and 6PM to 9PM.

The Grand Hyatt Manila is on 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Set menus for a table of four have a price range of P11,880 and up. Of course, the lucky nian gao is also available for about P1,388.

Makati Shangri-La

Makati Shangri-La, one of Manila’s most popular 5-star hotels, is all set to host a memorable party for you and your guests with a series of fun-filled activities at key places within its vicinity.

For starters, the Shang Palace features a special dinner on February 5, with set menus prices at P2,888, P3,888 and P6,688. The hotel also offers it signature rice cake in original, mango and almond flavors.

You don’t have to fuss about giving luck treats to your loved ones either—you just need to visit the hotel lobby, where you can buy an assortment of specially prepared sweets and delicacies. Check out their Prosperity Fish (P1,888), Double Happiness Fish (P2,288) and Longevity Cookies (P988 for eight pieces).

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Kung Hei Fat Choy, everyone!

Words Adie Pieraz

Art Alex Lara

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